Current Retail: $149.99
Historic Range: $69.97-$280.00
Current Retail: $139.99
Historic Range: $35.00-$279.95
Reviewers Paid: $200.00
Colorado winters are fairly dry. Cold, but the snow we get isn't nearly as wet as what the mountains in California, Washington, or the NE receive. Consequently for the past several years I have only been using a softshell jacket for protection from the winter weather. I just have not noticed the need for a hardshell.
My softshell of choice since it came out on the market two seasons ago has been the Ultimate Hoody. Constructed from Gore-tex Windstopper fabric this windproof and water-resistent piece has done an excellent job of giving me total freedom of movement, while functioning great at keeping the moisture out and the heat in. The athletic fit may not be for everyone but I can climb difficult routes which demand athletic performance and the jacket when totally zipped up doesn't hold me back. It is also trim enough that I can war the Stratus Flash Jacket over it and not feel bulky.
Without a doubt this is my favorite softshell and will go with me everywhere. In the summer the Windstopper fabric serves as protection against the wind above 11,500 feet and still offers enough moisture protection where I can wear it and be comfortable through one of our Colorado thundershowers.
The only drawback might be the lack of outside handpockets. However as an active pursuit jacket the Ultimate Hoody cannot be beat.
Jack Roberts Team Mammut
Fabric: Gore-Tex Windstopper
One of the best soft shells I have ever used. Constructed well with many great features!
- Full side pit zips for ventilation
- Thumb loops
This jacket is the 'best ever'! The Windstopper fabric works great. The side zippers and front zipper are both two way zippers for good ventilation. The hood can be easily cinched down to keep out rain and snow. It is not waterproof, but very water resistant. Zippered pockets keep small articles safe. The stretchy fabric makes it very comfortable when stretching for a hand hold.
The fit is true to size. It comes in a variety of colors and is pretty stylish! It has a $200 plus price take but with a bit of searching you can find it on sale for less.
I used the jacket as a 3-season and would highly recommend to anyone.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200